Glastonbury Festival has cancelled this year’s event, following the UK government’s advice to avoid social gatherings to slow the spread of coronavirus.
A statement by the festival’s organisers, Michael and Emily Eavis, said there will “inevitably be severe financial implications as a result of this cancellation – not just for us but also the charity partners, suppliers, traders, local landowners and our community.”
“Clearly this was not a course of action we hoped to take for our 50th-anniversary event, but following the new government measures announced this week – and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty – this is now our only viable option,” said the statement.
“We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved enormously by the end of June. But even if it has, we are no longer able to spend the next three months with thousands of crew here on the farm, helping us with the enormous job of building the infrastructure and attractions needed to welcome more than 200,000 people to a temporary city in these fields.
“We would like to send our sincere apologies to the 135,000 people who have already paid a deposit for a Glastonbury 2020 ticket. The balance payments on those tickets were due at the beginning of April and we wanted to make a firm decision before then.”
Glastonbury Festival is the latest in a long line of large events to postpone or cancel, all of which we are keeping track of here.
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